A baby sitter I had when I was 3- 5 had a swing set like this. It had a 2 and 4 person glider, a slide which was on the right, and some regular swings. I think it was blue and white metal, though, maybe green. I remember a girl named Abigail who was a relative of theirs, and leaving some pillows outside once overnight :)
And then there was the time we saw (this was maybe when I was 7) some wild turkeys in the backyard and she didnt believe us. Her husband and I share a birthday.
And she would make the best hotdogs by frying them in butter.
The next picture there is a similar idea.\
My dad had these and I remember them too.
There was a garage thing that went with them, but not sure if that was from his era or mine.
Many of his toys were wooden, and then there was the weirdo with the light eye thing. I forget what that was but it creeped me out. :(
When I was 10 or so this was my favorite.
Remember the antenna? Like the TV set.
The reception (even with the antenna) was absolutely terrible, but it was good for one thing:
The bowling game. I had it mastered and although I was supposed to share it with my sister... that never happened.
I'd play bowling until the battery was dead. And at that point, I'd complain.
If I remember right, its somewhere underneath my bed right now.
No doubt with a dead battery.
Scooters! Best. Gym. Class. Ever.
The local high school office has one of these lying around to taunt kids with. It says "The Board of Education"
I dont know whether to laugh or cry.
We had this too! Although at some point the brown piece at the top got loose. I just remember it as annoying :/
We also had the tree thing with the letters. Also annoying. Anyone else head that female voice: (notes of sorts) See you later!
The local muncipal park has these.
There are two, blue and not McDonalds-y and connected by an awesome passageway thing. Some of the bars were far enough apart that you could climb in/out a lot easier.
And there are a few sets of swings and a dinasour slide. And more sets of slides and a firepole thing, and a tic tac toe thing and those walkways that move when you walk across them.
The church I went to when I was little had these up front. I would always mark the pages before the service started. We sat the last row in the back left.
I almost took out my sisters eye with these once. She was like 1 or 2.
I just went to a neat website (http://planetmaker.wthr.us/#) and made a planet. I took a screen shot of it and included it above. Neat, huh?
There are a lot of different options, you can add moons and rings and mess with the atmosphere. You can make the planet flat if you would like to.
One of the things that stood out most to me is that the only green planet was Earth. Earth with plants and trees. All the others were blue or gray or whatever but Earth had green and it made that green so beautiful amid the others.
I think its sort of that way when we tell lies. (The point of my post isnt to point fingers so please dont get scared away by the topic.)
When we tell lies we create our own reality. Say we never went to a concert with a friend but we say that we did. Say that becomes the truth to us, that is our reality.
Of course this other person has no idea that we supposedly went to the concert, so there is a crack in the story.
We can keep this up, keep piling up the lies into mountains but eventually we step away from the story and see that there is so much missing from this world. A lot that doesnt add up.
And at least for me it makes God's world, it makes the truth, it makes the real reality that much purer and more beautiful.
Maybe its weird to talk about telling lies, maybe its taboo. But I just think that the world I create in my mind is not a happy one. In my mind things might be good, I might try to create a better world in my head.... but its never really fulfilling. There are cracks in it.
I recently watched Moana and part of the story is that she adds a stone to a pillar of stones when she becomes the chief of her family. Its like each lie is a stone we add to the weight on our back. Stones that in this case dont really belong. We can always choose to add more stones but it will just make things heavier in the long run, more weight on our sholders.
I like the planet I made on that site. Its a neat one. I am even kinda proud of it. But I dont think it can stand against the beautiful blue and green Earth that was created far before I tried to create my own version.
Here are things that I have downloaded:
Title: Under a Summer Sky
Author: Melody Carlson
Publication Date: April 6, 2017
Provided by: Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Series: Follow your Heart (#3)
Subjects: art, art galleries, teaching, upper-class,
Setting: Seattle, Savannah
High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.
With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!
Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites readers to spend the summer surrounded by beauty and tantalizing possibilities for the future.
Under a summer sky
The beginning of this book was amazing. I've been struggling lately to get into books and this one was easy to enjoy. Melody Carlson is a well known author and her story of Southern Savannah was, well. smooth as butter. Sweet as sugar, etc.
I really enjoyed meeting the characters and seeing their summer unfold... but as I got to the end of the book, there were a lot of unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries and I began to question: How will the author wrap everything up in 50? 20? 5 pages?
By the end of the book something changed. It felt rushed. If felt like the author was struggling to cram a 60 page ending in about 7 and because of that, there was something missing.
I have enjoyed Melody Carlson's books in the past, and to be honest thoroughly enjoyed reading probably 80% of the book, I would give it a 5, but the ending was pretty crummy. (To clarify, not from a plot perspective but just the way that it was written).
To me its odd that the ending was so weak because of how much she has written, surely she has editors and things to guide her, etc but perhaps she was rushed for a deadline.
In any case, I think that I cant justify giving this book more than a 3.5 rating. It is a good book but I wouldn't give it to a friend.
About the Author
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.
Bryn Mawr '21!!!